In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.
Enzo G. Castellari (born July 29, 1938) is an Italian film director. He became famous during the 1960s by directing several spaghetti westerns with such titles as Go Kill and Come Back (Vado… l’ammazzo e torno, 1967) , One Dollar Too Many (1968), Seven Winchesters for a Massacre (Sette winchester per un massacro, 1967) and Go Kill Everybody and Come Back Alone (Ammazzali tutti e torna solo, 1968). His films exhibited a flair for violent action and gunfights, often using slow-motion to spectacular effect. His film Keoma (1976) is considered the last great film of the genre.
Castellari was born in Rome as Enzo Girolami. He is the son of director Marino Girolami, aka Franco Martinelli. Castellari was a pioneer in the early Italian crime film genre, with High Crime (La polizia incrimina la legge assolve, 1973) and Big Racket (Il grande racket, 1976). In the 1980s, his career suffered… read more
If there is a disappointment to this film, it’s that for a director like Castellari who can make great looking actions scenes, it’s not really that action packed. What makes up for it is that, filtering the post apocalypse and gang films from the States into a single 90 minute or so entity, the dated but imaginative look and tone of the film is far more memorable and creative than a lot of ‘original’ films, even if the idea of a gang of hockey players bringing hockey sticks against gangs armed with guns and blades is completely ridiculous. I wouldn’t even call it so-bad-it’s-good, despite some very silly but amusing parts, because I find that that term and its use in this post-Birdemic internet era is exceptionally cruel, hipster snark most of the time, and that films like this, despite their flaws, have a charm and are at the best of times, like this film, far more well made than their ripped off premises would suggest.